Philadelphia has welcomely integrated the concept of a running-back committee, on the Eagles, since 2016. But how does their backfield really look?
The Eagles have four running-backs on the active roster. And they are all guaranteed to get some playing time, this season, whatsoever.
That is due to the running-back committee that former NFL QB- Head Coach Doug Pederson, and former NFL RB- Running-backs Coach Duce Staley adore, a ton.
We’ve seen pro-bowl backs in Ryan Mathews, and Jay Ajayi, come to Philly, since 2016. But neither of them was ever appointed as the ‘feature back,’ in the Eagles’ offense. This is also further proof that HC Doug Pederson has been comfortable with keeping the concept in their scheme.
“For us here, it’s worked,” Pederson told NJ.com. “And we’ll continue to [use a committee]. We also ask our guys to play special teams, so that’s another aspect of the running back position.”
HC Pedersonalso stated the following:
“I believe the National Football League season is a grueling, grinding season, particularly on running backs,” Pederson said. “And if you don’t have a couple of guys that you can really hang your hat on, it’s hard to get through a season.”
Pederson has a really good point, here.
With the acquisition of all-pro RB Jordan Howard, through trade. The resigning of veteran RB Darren Sproles. The addition of former Penn State’sstandout running-back, Miles Sanders, through this year’s previous draft. And last but not least, RB Corey Clement, who had some spectacular plays in SuperBowl LII. This group is bolstered with veteran presence, along with young workhorses that are willing to be mentored. It will be interesting to see how Running-backs Coach Duce Staley utilizes these talented backs.
With that being said, here’s a look at the current Running backs’ depth chart for the Eagles, per ESPN:
- RB Jordan Howard
- RB Miles Sanders
- RB Darren Sproles
- RB Corey Clement
It’s hard to predict who will receive the first carry, this Sunday, when the Eagles play the Washington Redskins, at home. But I do believe Jordan Howard & Miles Sanders will develop a complementary symbiotic relationship, within this loaded Eagles’ offense.
Jordan Howard is definitely your primary goal-line, and short-yardage situations- guy. And Miles Sanders is for sure that electric, elusive back, that the Eagles lacked, last season. I see Duce rotating this duo, fairly often. And it will definitely benefit both sides.
For RBs’ Darren Sproles and Corey Clement, they should be contributing to special teams situations and late-game scenarios. Sproles still contains that speed & elusiveness that makes him great. And Clement is a spectacular pass-catcher. I expect Clement to be involved in numerous trick-plays, this season. This backfield is no doubt- underrated.
After all, Philadelphia really is set-up for success, with their running-backs.
It will be exciting to see how the coaches utilize and integrate these talented players into Philly’s RPO based scheme.